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Drilling rig accident at subway construction site

A drilling rig at the site of the TTC’s future York University subway station tipped over yesterday, Tuesday, October 11, crushing a construction worker to death and injuring five other workers.

The rig, a crane-like machine used to bore holes in the ground, apparently tipped over onto two other pieces of machinery — a backhoe and front-end loader, killing a 25-year-old worker in the cab of one of those vehicles.

Emergency Medical Services personnel rushed five other workers who suffered injuries, ranging from major to minor to Sunnybrook Hospital.

Officials from the Ontario Ministry of Labour continue to investigate the incident this morning, Wednesday, October 12.

The rig fell over around 2:30 p.m. in the York Boulevard and John Gillies Street area of the Keele Campus.